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star

noun, often attributive \ ˈstär \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of star

1 a : a natural luminous body visible in the sky especially at night
b : a self-luminous gaseous spheroidal celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions
2 a (1) : a planet or a configuration of the planets that is held in astrology to influence one's destiny or fortune usually used in plural
(2) : a waxing or waning fortune or fame
  • her star was rising
b obsolete : destiny
3 a : a conventional figure with five or more points that represents a star; especially : asterisk
b : an often star-shaped ornament or medal worn as a badge of honor, authority, or rank or as the insignia of an order
c : one of a group of conventional stars used to place something in a scale of value
4 : something resembling a star
  • was hit on the head and saw stars
5 a : the principal member of a theatrical or operatic company who usually plays the chief roles
b : a highly publicized theatrical or motion-picture performer
c : an outstandingly talented performer
  • a track star
d : a person who is preeminent in a particular field

starless

play \-ləs\ adjective

starlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of star in a Sentence

  1. They gazed up at the stars.

  2. There are billions of stars in the universe.

  3. I'm glad we didn't use the tent. It's so much nicer to sleep outside under the stars.

  4. The restaurant was awarded four stars for excellence.

  5. Critics give the movie three stars.

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Origin and Etymology of star

Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra; akin to Old High German sterno star, Latin stella, Greek astēr, astron

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star

verb

Definition of star

starred; starring
transitive verb
1 : to sprinkle or adorn with stars
2 a : to mark with a star as being preeminent
b : to mark with an asterisk
3 : to feature in the most prominent or important role
  • the movie stars a famous stage personality
intransitive verb
1 : to play the most prominent or important role
2 : to perform outstandingly

Examples of star in a Sentence

  1. The new television series stars a famous movie actress.

  2. a concert starring some of the biggest names in the business

  3. He starred in both baseball and football when he was in college.

  4. She starred for the basketball team last year.

  5. This restaurant is starred in the guidebook.

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First Known Use of star

1592


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star

adjective

Definition of star

1 : of, relating to, or being a star
  • received star billing
2 : of outstanding excellence : preeminent
  • a star athlete

Examples of star in a Sentence

  1. looking for star actors to play the leads

Recent Examples of star from the Web

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First Known Use of star

before 12th century


STAR Defined for English Language Learners

star

noun

Definition of star for English Language Learners

  • : any one of the objects in space that are made of burning gas and that look like points of light in the night sky

  • : a star or planet especially in a certain position that is believed in astrology to influence people's lives

  • : something (such as a symbol or medal) with five or more points that represents or suggests a star


star

verb

Definition of star for English Language Learners

  • : to play the most important role in a movie, play, etc.

  • : to have (someone) as the most important performer

  • : to perform extremely well


STAR Defined for Kids

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star

noun \ ˈstär \

Definition of star for Students

1 : any of the heavenly bodies except planets which are visible at night and look like fixed points of light
2 : a figure or object with five or more points that represents or suggests a star in the sky
3 : a very talented or popular performer
  • a movie star
4 : a planet that is believed in astrology to influence someone's life
  • She was born under a lucky star.
5 : the principal member of a theater or opera company

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star

verb

Definition of star for Students

starred; starring
1 : to mark with a star or an asterisk as being special or very good
2 : to present in the role of a star
  • The show stars my favorite actor.
3 : to play the most important role
  • She will star in a new play.
4 : to perform in an outstanding manner She starred in soccer this season.

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star

adjective

Definition of star for Students

1 : being favored or very popular
  • the teacher's star pupil
  • a star athlete
2 : being of outstanding excellence
  • a star chef


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